Books: Grains of Gold

JANE WELSH CARLYLE: A NEW SELECTION OF HER LETTERS (355 pp.)—Arranged by Trudy Bliss—Macmillan ($3).

Dolorous Alfred, Lord Tennyson, always felt "dreadfully embarrassed" when he found himself alone with a woman. But when he paid a visit one day to dyspeptic Thomas Carlyle and found only Mrs. Carlyle at home, he was so promptly disembarrassed by her poise and charm that he stuffed a pipe brimful with stinking shag and harangued her happily for three solid hours, "exactly as if he were talking with a clever man." And Charles Dickens—to say nothing of Thackeray...

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